Michael Forte
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Do you own any 1963 & 1964 Cadillacs? If Yes, Year & Body Style
1963 Series 62 Convertible, Aspen White
Cadillac LaSalle Club Member? If Yes, Membership #?
Yes, #29951
1963/64 Cadillac Chapter Member?
Yes

Michael Forte's Discussions

1963 Vent Window Handle

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Jun 26, 2017. 2 Replies

Hi all, I'm wrapping up my interior restoration (slight custom) and the last part I need for the doors are the vent window handles.  The ones I have are pitted so I need new ones and I'd like…Continue

Glove box script mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 8, 2017. 1 Reply

Hi All,Does anyone know where to get the barrel nuts (or whatever the original method is) to mount the glove box script?  I assume that's what holds it in place.  My car had a stick-on script when I…Continue

63 Convertible Top Switch and Escutcheon Needed

Started Mar 5, 2017 0 Replies

Looking for one with no pits on the escutcheon.Continue

63/64 Convertible interior quarter rub guard

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Austin Mar 7, 2018. 2 Replies

Wanted: interior rub guard for a convertible.  Attaches to the rear-most edge of the quarter trim panel.  It's a small stainless piece with one screw attaching it.  See photo.  Need the right (pass)…Continue

 

Michael Forte's Page

Welcome to my page!  I got my first Cadillac in 2015 - an Aspen White '63 Series 62 Convertible.  I'm here to learn from others and share what I've learned with my car, hoping to maintain the interest in these great American classics.

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Seat belt restoration

Posted on March 6, 2018 at 12:00am 4 Comments

During the process of a complete restoration (and color change) of my ‘63s interior during the winter of 2016, I replaced the aftermarket seatbelts that were in my car with restored original '64 buckles and retractors.  I had a terrific experience with Ssnake-Oyl Products out of Tyler Texas, so I thought I share the info. 

In my opinion, the '64 seat belt buckle with the Cadillac Crest is the coolest looking seat belt buckle ever put in a car.  Apparently, they're not easy to find in…

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Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 10:00pm 17 Comments

What I enjoy most about old cars is that they can be restored to original condition, radically customized, or somewhere between those extremes, reflecting the owner's individual style.  For my '63 Convertible, I want to achieve a mostly original look, with minor custom touches to make it clean, smooth, and low.  This article is to share my experience in choosing and installing the suspension components to achieve a low stance and a comfortable ride.

I purchased my car in August of…

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Updating the alternator without losing the "Gen" light

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:00am 8 Comments

Our old Cadillacs have a pretty simple electrical system using an externally regulated alternator to keep the battery charged and run the accessories while driving.  First appearing in 1963, the GM 10DN externally regulated alternator was a step up from the bulky generator used on the '62 and earlier.  But newer, internally regulated alternators are now available that can output three times the current in the same size package.  This article explains how I upgraded my charging system to a…

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Converting to R134a on my '63

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 10:30pm 55 Comments

Hi All,

I wanted to share my experience converting my factory air system to 134a refrigerant, hoping it will save you time and money.  After I changed the parts, I got my system charged professionally and it works amazingly well, blowing ice cold at the vents.  Here's what I did:

I started with a call to Old Air Products (oldairproducts.com) from Texas.  I'm usually the guy who researches everything alone and then buys the parts online without ever interfacing with a human, but…

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"Got the eldorado V keys as well. Nice. Aren't those rare?"
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Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"Hi Bob, I’m not running a front sway bar.  I haven’t really noticed that I need it, so I haven’t really thought about how to attach one.  The cbfab control arms don’t have mounting provisions to attach the sway bar…"
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Bob Willis commented on Michael Forte's blog post Air Suspension - How to Choose and Install
"What about the front sway bar I’m going to this same kit thanks to you "
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Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"Congrats!   Glad you were able to solve it!  Enjoy it!"
Aug 14, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"I have mine on the outlet tube as close to the evaporator case as possible, basically next to to other capillary tube.  It’s under the sticky tape stuff you see in the picture below. "
Aug 1, 2018
Michael Forte liked Joe DiIaconi's discussion Just got my triple chrome 64 Cadiilac Couple Deville rear bumper center section
Jul 26, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana, here are the instructions from the Old Air Products STV Update Kit.  I installed exactly as pictured."
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana, here are the instructions from the Old Air Products STV Update Kit.  I installed exactly as pictured."
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"Dana, just to understand this...you said below that the evaporator outlet is frosting but the evaporator body wasn't cold.  Both the inlet and outlet should be very cold and if so, I can't imagine why the body would not be unless it…"
Jul 25, 2018
Tony and Ginny 429 commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Dana You are responding to a thread from 2017 Just a heads up Good info is always welcome here Enjoy"
Jul 25, 2018
Dana G Cooper commented on Michael Forte's blog post Converting to R134a on my '63
"Mike, if you are on here right now, how did you attach the expansion valve capillary and cycle switch capallary to the evap outlet and at what position. thanks"
Jul 25, 2018
Michael Forte commented on Dana G Cooper's blog post A/C Issue / Stumped !
"I installed the Old Air STV kit when I converted to 134a and it functions perfectly in the hottest weather.   It eliminates the function of the STV and instead uses the temperature controlled relay to regulate the refrigerant flow by cycling…"
Jul 25, 2018

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A Drilling No-No .... That Worked!

Started by Jason Edge in General Discussion. Last reply by Jason Edge 46 minutes ago. 16 Replies

Thought I would share a quick story regarding something I did that I generally do not recommend - Free handed drilling a broken front engine cover bolt.  Before I jump into it I will say I do not…Continue

Exhaust manifold: Repair, replace or headers?

Started by Dutch Dickinsen in General Discussion. Last reply by Tony and Ginny 429 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

My newly acquired '64 Coupe DeVille suffers from a cracked right side exhaust manifold.It looks like my options are limited to rolling the dice on a used manifold, converting to headers or seeing if…Continue

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Steering Wheel

Started by Mark Borer in General Discussion 10 hours ago. 0 Replies

plz watch this videoIt shows play between the 2 cylinders that make up my columni have tightened everything up as best as I can....but it moves a bitthe lower cover had a screw that lined it up, and…Continue

Help! I need a 1964 Eldorado front left fender.

Started by Jorge M in Wanted to Buy. Last reply by Jon Ettman 12 hours ago. 5 Replies

Help looking for a 1964 Eldorado front fender for a convertible.Thank you please contact djjmoreno84@gmail.comContinue

Blog Posts

Starter Solenoid replacement-how difficult? Where to buy?

Posted by Norman Silverman on August 20, 2019 at 8:24pm 6 Comments

Hello All.

I believe the starter solenoid has gone bad in my 64 DeVille. When I turn the key, often all I get is a click, then if I try a few times again the starter turns perfectly. All battery cables are on tight and the battery is good. So, I believe this problem is the solenoid. Where do I buy the right solenoid and is it necessary to remove the starter in order to swap it out? …

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Frame Markings

Posted by Gene McIlroy on August 12, 2019 at 6:26pm 1 Comment

Just got my frame back from powder coating so thought I would post photos of the front and rear frame markings.…

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Lining up the drive shaft

Posted by Dominic Salemi on August 12, 2019 at 5:47pm 2 Comments

Can anyone shed some light on how to position the complete drive shaft in the correct position? I want to make sure my drive shaft is installed properly.

Thanks

Dominic

Upper A Arm Rubber Bumpers

Posted by Gene McIlroy on August 12, 2019 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

I have found a very good replacement part for the Upper A Arm Bumpers.  The top part is identical to the originals the bottom can be used as is or after a few minutes with a belt sander can be ground to the V shape as the originals were.  The replacement bumpers are for a 2001 to 2005 S10 Sanoma or Blazer.  Part number is on the box in the photos.  First photo is the box next to the box is the S10 part and an original.  Next photo shows my sanded down part next to an original.…

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